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Pope Francis to Families: Address Your Wounds Directly or They Will Worsen (4361)

The Holy Father’s address was the latest in a series of instruction dedicated to the family.

06/24/2015 Comments (4)
CNA/Daniel Ibañez

Pope Francis greets pilgrims during his general audience on June 24.

– CNA/Daniel Ibañez

VATICAN CITY — Family wounds that aren’t dealt with in a healthy and timely manner can have devastating effects on both spouses and children, Pope Francis has said. He encouraged wounded families to work toward healing without letting bitterness build up.

“We know well that every family on occasion suffers moments when one family member offends another,” the Pope told pilgrims present in St. Peter’s Square for his June 24 general audience.

The resulting wounds “come from words, actions and omissions which, instead of expressing love, hurt those nearest and dearest, causing deep divisions among family members, above all between husband and wife,” he noted.

Hiding these hurts “only deepens...READ MORE

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FSSP: Traditional Liturgy, Booming Vocations; The Magisterium Had Final Say on Encyclical and More! (3085)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

06/24/2015 Comment

Click on The Priestly Fraternity of Saint Peter: Traditional Liturgy, Booming Vocations by Jim Graves of The Catholic World Report link to read more.

The Priestly Fraternity of Saint Peter: Traditional Liturgy, Booming Vocations by Jim Graves of The Catholic World Report - Big Pulpit

The Magisterium, Not Secret Authors, Had the Final Say on (Laudato Si') Encyclical - Andrea Gagliarducci, Catholic News Agency

Biblical Typology: The Best Method To Read Scripture - Ray Sullivan, Catholic Stand

Pope Francis’ Encyclical May Have Problems, But We Need to Interpret It Faithfully - Leroy Huizenga, The CWR Blog

25 Popes Who Just Can’t Even Right Now by Ryan Mayer of Epic Pew - Big Pulpit

The Ecology Encyclical: Six Steps to Intelligent Comment – Quartermaster of the Barque

Too Anxious to Function – Theresa Williams, Ignitum Today

Why I...READ MORE

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Mass. Court Stays Order for Catholics to Vacate Closed Church (4543)

A decade-long dispute over the fate of an Archdiocese of Boston church remains unresolved.

06/23/2015 Comments (10)
Christine M. Williams

Maryellen and Jon Rogers stand with Janie Avery (c), holding the most recent protest quilt outside the former St. Frances Cabrini parish in Scituate, Mass., which protesters have occupied for more than 10 years.

– Christine M. Williams

SCITUATE, Mass. — For more than a decade, Catholics have occupied the church building that was once St. Frances X. Cabrini parish in Scituate, Mass. They turned the confessional into a guest room and the vestibule into a living room. Someone has kept vigil at the church 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, for more than 10 and a half years.

They appealed the closure all the way to the Vatican’s highest court, but the Archdiocese of Boston’s decision prevailed. When the Friends of St. Frances Xavier Cabrini, as the community calls itself, continued their vigil in spite of the final ruling, the archdiocese sought recourse in civil court. Initially, the Massachusetts court issued an order for the...READ MORE

Filed under archdiocese of boston, cardinal sean o'malley, christine m. williams, parish closings, st. frances x. cabrini parish

Remembering Sister Nirmala, Successor of Mother Teresa: ‘She Was a Great Soul’ (3949)

Tributes and messages praise her service to the poor.

06/23/2015 Comments (2)
Rome Reports social media

– Rome Reports social media

Catholics around the world are mourning the death of Sister Nirmala Joshi, who passed away Tuesday. Sister Nirmala succeeded Blessed Teresa of Calcutta as superior general of the Missionaries of Charity, serving in that capacity from 1997 to 2009.

Sister Nirmala, who was 81, had suffered ill health for some years and was hospitalized and then brought home a few days ago, dying at a Missionaries of Charity home in the early hours of June 23.

“All people in India, and especially the Archdiocese of Calcutta, is saddened with this great loss of Sister Nirmala Joshi, who was very close and dear to us,” Father Dominic Gomes, vicar general of the Archdiocese of Calcutta, told CNA.

“She was...READ MORE

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Growing Pains at Ave Maria University (5849)

Under President James Towey’s leadership, the young Catholic university has made solid progress, but some on campus are concerned about an alleged weakening of its Catholic identity.

06/23/2015 Comments (37)

AVE MARIA, Fla. — Like most 12-year-olds, Ave Maria University is growing and developing, in a sometimes painful manner.

Founded in 2003 by Catholic philanthropist and Domino’s Pizza founder Thomas Monaghan, this small liberal arts university in southwest Florida enrolled more than 1,000 students this past academic year for the first time in its short history. Under the leadership of President James Towey, Ave Maria University is becoming financially self-sustaining and no longer reliant on Monaghan’s financial support.

With the names of two of St. John Paul II’s key papal documents — Veritatis Splendor (The Splendor of Truth) and Ex Corde Ecclesiae (The Heart of the Church) — prominently...READ MORE

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Synod Guiding Document Emphasizes: Families Need the Church’s Message of Mercy (1263)

The working document for this fall’s family synod was released today.

06/23/2015 Comments (6)
Mazur/catholicnews.org.uk (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0)

Opening session of the Synod of Bishops, Oct. 6, 2014.

– Mazur/catholicnews.org.uk (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0)

VATICAN CITY — The document set to guide this year’s synod discussions on the family touches on hot-button issues such as homosexuality and divorced-and-remarried couples, stressing that mercy is something every family needs from the Church.

“For the Church it’s about starting from the concrete situations of families of today: All are in need of mercy, beginning with those who suffer most,” the document reads.

Published June 23, the document said that although mercy doesn’t break with the essential truths Church teaching is founded on, it could be communicated better, particularly in regards to irregular family situations, such as separations, mixed marriages and divorce.

The Church’s...READ MORE

Filed under divorced-and-remarried catholics, homosexuality, instrumentum laboris, mercy, pope francis, reception of communion, synod on the family 2015

What Pope Francis Owes the Salesians (1179)

A priest of the congregation founded by St. John Bosco was the matchmaker for the Pope's parents and baptized the future pope; and Francis owes his priestly vocation to a Salesian priest.

06/23/2015 Comment
L’Osservatore Romano/CNA

Pope Francis at the Basilica of St. Mary Help of Christians at the tomb of St. John Bosco in Turin, Italy, on June 21.

– L’Osservatore Romano/CNA

TURIN, Italy — Pope Francis is a Jesuit, but he has Salesian roots.

A Salesian priest was the matchmaker for Pope Francis’ parents and baptized the future pope, while Francis owes his priestly vocation to a Salesian priest.

Pope Francis recently visited Turin to celebrate the 200th anniversary of St. John Bosco’s birth. Father Elio Cesari, who is responsible for the Salesian Youth in the northern Italian regions of Lombardy and Emilia-Romagna, said there is a strong connection between the 19th-century saint and the 21st-century pope.

“St. John Bosco was a prophet, and the Pope was imbued with his thought, as he studied in Salesian schools; and he owes his vocation to a Salesian priest,...READ MORE

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Pope Francis Reconnects With Relatives in Turin (1168)

On June 21, he made a short visit to St. Teresa parish, where his grandparents were married in 1907 and his father was baptized.

06/23/2015 Comments (1)
L’Osservatore Romano/CNA

Pope Francis says Mass for his relatives in a chapel of the archbishop of Turin’s residence on June 22.

– L’Osservatore Romano/CNA

TURIN, Italy — Pope Francis, during his two-day trip to Turin, visited his relatives and his ancestors’ parish. His father, an Italian emigrant to Argentina, was baptized in Turin.

On June 21, the Pope made a short visit to St. Teresa, where his grandparents were married in 1907 and his father was baptized. He kissed the baptistery, recalling his grandparents and praying for families and the upcoming synod on the family, leaving behind a sheet of paper with brief reflections on the importance of the family.

The following day, he met with six of his cousins and their families, some 30 persons in all. He said Mass for them in a chapel at the residence of the Turin archbishop, after which...READ MORE

Filed under andrea gagliarducci, pope francis, turin

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